Friday, February 15, 2013

Do Cosmetics Improve Quality of Life?

In HidingDo cosmetics improve your quality of life? Does feeling more attractive really impact how you feel about yourself and how you progress in the face of life's challenges? I most certainly believe so. Since you're reading the Ageless Beauty blog, you probably do too.

To most women, especially those seeing the physical signs of aging on their appearance and those who've always had issues with their physical appearance or skin's condition, it's a no-brainer.

However society doesn't always support the notion that improving or maintaining one's looks is essential to self-esteem and social (even career) success.

The proverb that beauty is only skin deep leads some to the conclusion that physical appearance has no bearing on a person's inner qualities and character. In fact, some denounce attention to beauty as vain and wasteful.

Now there's scientific evidence to support the notion of attention to beauty (however defined) as positive.

Swiss-based research firm Data Mining Internatioanal SA, with funding from L’Oreal, reported the development and testing of an assessment tool to measure the impact of cosmetics on quality of life. (Ariel Beresniak, MD, MPH, PhD et al., Archives of Dermatology, November 2012).

The researchers studied quality of life perceptions in 13 countries around the globe representing widely divergent cultural norms to establish a valid multi-cultural measuring tool, which they named the Beauty QoL.

BeautyQol provides one overall QOL score, as well as five sub-scores according to five key dimensions of QOL: Social life, Self-confidence, Mood, Energy and Attractiveness.

"The positive impact of cosmetics on self-esteem and well-being has been well-known since the Antique period, but this is the first time we are able to scientifically measure this impact on the key dimensions of Quality of Life." explained lead researcher,Dr. Beresniak.

"This research will allow a growing body of evidence about the value of cosmetic products." adds Yolaine de Linares, co-author of the study and moderator of the BeautyQol international scientific committee.

Pilot application studies have been carried out to assess the impact on quality of life of:

• Pigmentation disorders,
• Camouflage products,
• Oily skin,
• Hair color, and
• Make up.

It seems to me that many visible signs of aging skin are missing from the list. That's important because I believe that the changes we attribute to "just getting old" are outward signs of the breakdown of the body's parts and processes.

What categories of beauty concerns would like to see added?

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